u3a News from around Wales

Older People’s Commissioner for Wales - Reconnecting with our Communities

The Commissioner wants to hear about your experiences of re-connecting with your community as restrictions have changed. You are invited to take part in an upcoming online focus group on one of a number of dates between December 2021 and March 2022. More information here: Engagement Sessions.

Wales u3a Short Story Competition 2021

Chris Winner, Groups Coordinator, Trust u3a, has announced the results of this year's Short Story Competition on the theme of "Freedom". They are:

  • 1st ‘Out Of The Frying Pan’ by Laura Bailey, Porthmadog u3a
  • 2nd ‘Breaking the Chain’, by Tina Lukey, Flintshire u3a
  • 3rd ’Freedom Trip’ by Lynda Okeefe, Gilwern u3a

Other finalists were:

  • 'Ariadne's Question' by Alan Hawley, Welshpool u3a
  • 'Four Diamond Rings' by Margaret Preston, Prestatyn Rhyl and District u3a
  • 'The Forager's Child' by Joanna Shone, Flintshire u3a
  • ‘The Glass Bottle and the Clay Pot’, by Allan Williams, Porthcawl u3a
  • 'The Red Kite' by Janet Willson, Welshpool u3a
  • 'To Go Or Not To Go' by Kay Blackwell, Gilwern u3a
  • 'Waterloo Sunset' by Ray Ede, Ruthin and District u3a

Download: the Wales u3a short stories 2021 collection which contains all of the finalists' stories.

Looking Back on Lockdown - a u3a Shared Learning Project

Writers from u3as all over the UK have contributed their reflections on the past eighteen months in this new compilation by the Research Network.

Download: Looking Back on Lockdown

Latest newsletters from Wales u3as

Bridgend NewsletterCardiff NewsletterCardigan NewsletterChepstow Newsletter
Flintshire NewsletterLlandrindod NewsletterLlandudno NewsletterNewcastle Emlyn Newsletter
Porthmadog NewsletterRuthin NewsletterTorfaen NewsletterMonmouth Annual Magazine

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Interested in Philosophy?

Whether or not you have any qualifications, you might like to join a Google discussion Group set up for "u3a Philosophy in Wales". It has a wide remit and presumes no grounding in the topic. If you want to know more (or what a Google Group is!), please email Roger Boyle (of Aberystwyth u3a) and ask.

Here's a teaser topic: Government is planning to release a smartphone-based "COVID-19" tracker ... what ethical boundaries in its design ought they respect?

Keeping in Touch and Keeping Busy

During the Coronavirus crisis there are many things u3as and their members can do to carry on their activities.
Visit the new "Wales u3as Keeping in Touch" website to find out more.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - The National u3a office has issued updated advice and information.
Download: Coronavirus Advice

Beware of Coronavirus scams
Criminals are preying on Coronavirus fears. Don't get taken in by bogus emails or phone calls purporting to offer money, advice or help.
Read these guides to current scams:

u3a Table Tennis Championships

It is hoped to hold the event again in 2021.

Gilwern u3a Celebrates 100th Member

Gilwern u3a, launched in 2016, has just signed up its 100th member. You can read about what they have achieved by downloading the Gilwern press release.

Shared Learning Projects

Sue Shannon-Jones is the Shared Learning Project Coordinator and Research Ambassador for Wales. If you are currently involved in a Shared Learning Project, or have an idea for one, please let her know. Click on Shared Learning Project if you want to set up a Shared Learning Project or you want to contact her or just want further information.

You can also contact Sue for information about the national High Street project and the Slow Ways project.